Tag: Film

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Last week we all agreed that Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber was the best first performance for an actor in a feature film. It was a fight that was over before it began. This week I’d like to take it easy and have one of thoughtful, movie-lover discussions. This week the question is: What film had […]

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Last week’s fight became a slugfest between myself and Addiction Is A Choice and I loved it. That’s what RMFC is all about: bashing your friends in the face over pointless questions. We ended up in a tie between Dr. Strangelove and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The rules state that the member who […]

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We had a runaway victory last week for Doug Kimball and Master and Commander, a movie which always seems loved whenever it gets mentioned around here. It was Doug’s second win in three weeks. This time he asks:  What is the best film that features an actor or actors who play multiple roles. Like Arnold […]

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Last week we discussed spy movies. LC got a runaway winner in comment #1. with North By Northwest. Today, LC asks: What movie really needs or deserves a sequel? The Rules: Post your answer as a comment. Make it clear that this is your official answer, one per member. Preview Open

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Last week we spent some time on the river. We quickly settled on two movies as the best of the genre, Bridge on the River Kwai, and The African Queen. It ended in a tie with Doug Kimball getting the honors of choosing the winner. He chose Hepburn and Bogie, which means he chose Cazzy, who […]

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There’s an influential Hollywood website called The Ankler. It gets its name from “ankling”, a word coined by Variety, the ancient Bible of the business side of show business. Someone who “ankles” a studio is laid off, but leaves under their own power; a normal, unemotional job separation. The opposite, in Variety-ese, is getting “axed”—flat out fired, and escorted off the studio lot by security, with dueling lawyers sure to follow. It doesn’t often happen to the stars, but when it does, it’s a big, public, messy deal. This is particularly true when an entire show is shaped around them: Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Clarkson, and Roseanne Barr are recent examples. We’ll get to them.

Some actors are fired because of problems they caused on the set. Others, simply because they were miscast to begin with, or couldn’t seem to give the performance that the film or TV show needed. And with many others it simply came down to money.

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Since most of you would just love to see George C. Scott in a musical rendition of Patton, Douglas Kimball gets to decide todays RMFC discussion, which is this: Rivers are often featured in epic movies.  Submit your choice for the best movie ever in which a river plays a major role.The Rules: Post your […]

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It’s been a while since this scenario played out, but last week’s winner, PresidentDonaldTrump, is incommunicado. I has been a long week for him.  When that happens we just move on to the runner-up, and DrewinWisconsin has one you’re going to have to think about: Pick a movie that’s not a musical and reimagine it […]

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Last week Eustace provided us with a great fight: What movie was best when you were eight years old? Several entries generated double-digit likes. We learned a bunch of new things about the childhood fandom of our members, and settled on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as the winner. Postmodern Hoplite provided the winning answer and […]

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With a runaway victory Eustace C. Scrubb has once again regained his title of RMFC champion. This time with the help of the venerable Gene Wilder. Eustace asks: When you were eight-years-old, what did you believe was the best movie in the world?   The Rules: Post your answer as a comment. Make it clear that […]

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We supplanted muppets into our favorite movies last week to see how they’d stack up against a single human character. The results were…interesting. One thing we all seemed to agree on: Who wouldn’t want to see General George S. Patton slap the crap out of a muppet? Seawrwiter called it, earning the right to ask: […]

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We forced prominent politicians to watch a few movies last week and hopefully they learned something (especially AOC with Schoolhouse Rock) but I wouldn’t count on it. Drew in Wisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf provided the winning formula and earned the right to ask: “You can replace the cast of any movie with The Muppets, but you […]

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It was all about Hitchcock last week, or rather, Hitchcockian [?] fare. I’ll admit, most of these movies I’ve never seen, but I’m sure the winner was the right one. Eustace C. Scrubb called it early and for the eleventh time earned the right to ask: If you could Clockwork Orange style make someone watch […]

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Last week we celebrated life by discussing the best movies about pregnancy and parenthood. After a tight race we almost ended up with a three-way tie (sorry, Gary) but instead, watched previous winner Drew, and multiple runner-up Samuel, cross the finish line together. This left Vance Richards with the honor of casting the winning vote, […]

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The battle for best movie dad saw old men with swords, old men with bats, old men with young men, old men with guns, and cats versus middle-aged men with weddings, middle-aged men with astronauts, a clownfish, and more. As it turns out, the most masculine depiction of fatherhood was by an old-man who mentored […]

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Last week we shelved the moratorium on Princess Bride and Casablanca to see how they’d fare in a battle royale for the greatest movie of all time. Surprisingly, both Citizen Kane and Casablanca  got fewer votes than Airplane! And even if you combined the likes from the three people who chose The Seven Samauri it […]

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In the early days of the RMFC it became clear that certain films are so revered that they suck all of the air out of whatever room they’re in. Put up any question and these movies were at top of everyone’s list. It wasn’t any fun, and most of us decided a rule was necessary […]

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Last week we took a look at depictions of artists in film. Most of the entries focused on musicians, which I suppose means that Hollywood finds painters, sculptors, writers, and photographers rather boring subjects. Hang On picked a popular one right out of the gate and never needed to look back. The landslide win was […]

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Last week’s fight over the best of Clint Eastwood was full of controversy over who picked Unforgiven first. LC chimed in with her oft nominated The Good The Bad and The Ugly and shifted the argument. Eastwood’s Empty Chair speech was also right up there with the leaders, as was Gran Torino, but in the end […]

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